by Christopher Marlowe
Arthur Darvill stars as Mephistopheles in the Globe's first-ever staging of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus.
Hell is just a frame of mind.
Doctor Faustus is Christopher Marlowe's most renowned and controversial work. Famous for being the first dramatised version of the Faustus tale, the play depicts the sinister aftermath of Faustus's decision to sell his soul to the Devil's henchman in exchange for power and knowledge.
In the first-ever staging of this menacing drama at the Globe Theatre, Matthew Dunster's production features Paul Hilton (Silk, True Date Kiss) as the arrogant, power-hungry Faustus and Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as the sardonic Mephistopheles, and includes several impressive magical stunts along the way.
The world is conjured in Matthew Dunster's fine, lucid production by a chorus of scholars who morph into book-wielding insects and white-masked dancing aristocrats; by fur-clad goats on stilts that secrete bestial headgear; and by a pair of bat-winged dragons that transport Faust and Mephistopheles across Europe to Rome.
Rude, robust, bawdy, magical and violent, it is a provocatively entertaining production whose 'frivolous demands' are more than met.
Dunster's clear direction results in a visually satisfying production, with some nice splashes of comedy.
Doctor Faustus was staged and filmed live at Shakespeare's Globe in 2011 and is part of the Shakespeare's Globe Collection.
Production photography © Keith Pattison.
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